About Sandra Lynn Gray

I am an artist with forty plus years experience.  Yes, I have been a creative force for a lifetime. My “force” has mostly been an interpretive one.  I am a theatre designer.  As a set and costume designer, I collaborate with the playwright, the director and all the production staff to interpret whatever concept of  whatever play I am being paid to work on at any given time.  In recent years I have freelanced in theatre less and less and have spent more time at my easel  I find that North Carolina wildflowers are my passion.  I know the fervor was handed down to me from my parents.  I grew up on 14 acres thickly planted in specimens of the flora of the Southeastern United States. Although I did not learn the vegetation as thoroughly as my father (in particular) I feel his drive to preserve it.  I am happiest during the production of a new painting when some wild plant is represented in it.  Though I never limit myself to a subject or a style, I like to paint small woodland wildflowers that bloom in the early spring.  Rather than representing them in the subtle and delicate colors of realism, I use bold saturated pigments.   I call it fauvism after the Fauvists from the early part of the last century.  They were termed “wild  beasts” by the critics of the day.  I think my color is wild and so, “fauvism” fits it. I hope that the color will shout at the viewer that this flower needs his help.  Human beings have the power over the preservation or extinction of species and few of them realize it.  I hope that my representation of these “unnamed weeds” that the urban dweller does not know of will raise some excitement in the viewer…. help him to realize that this organism does exist and does have a name and is important to our habitat.  The birds, insects, and other interdependent creatures are equally interesting to me. A flock of tiny finches spreads the seeds of many coneflowers to new locations where they can flourish and brighten the fields and roadsides. All life is fragile and our environment can be severely damaged with almost no effort.  I hope that the developer and the banker who finances him will ultimately come to realize that there are some things worth more than money……  some things we humans cannot make. My grandmother once scolded my father when he was five years old (so it would have been 1912) for killing a small bird.  She had a little rhyme for the occasion  that went “Don’t kill the birds, the pretty birds. Oh joyfully let them live!  Never seek to take the life that you can never give.”   Go grandma!.  I have no doubt that was the occasion when  she turned him into a conservationist.  It takes a willingness to be a “kook”.  You have to find comfort in knowing that you are right.  We must share the planet.  (I wish the word planet had not been so over-used and commercialized but  I still must use the word.) We live on such a tiny island in such a vast, barren universe. Some of us treasure this island. We need to pass this value system on to the next generation.


7 Responses to “About Sandra Lynn Gray”

  1. I am simply blown away by your talent!!!!! Your colors are beautiful and I only wish I could take lessons from you. Come out and give me lessons…. Holly

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more, Sandra! I’ve just had a little browse around your blog, and I just wanted to let you know that I really like your work. Checking out your paintings and photos has been a lovely way to start my morning. Thank you :-)

  3. What a truly nice thing to sayl It is so encouraging to find like minds isn’t it? Sometimes I feel like I am unique………..and alone. Hooray for cyber space!. I would like to add you to my blog. It would make it easier for me to view it often……And it would support my views.

  4. Your blog is very inspiring and your paintings are out of this world. If you wish to use My Red Barn as a model for a painting, you have my okay. I’d love to see the finished product. You are one very talented artist.

  5. Hi. It’s nice to see more of your work. Wow, you touched Dennis K. Way cool. You really know how to paint & there is an intellectual connection between your color choices & subject matter. More so than most (any?) of our CAL buddies.Your painting (to me) represents what is being lost to the “everyman” & now goes to the highest bidder. (bitter?) I’m talkin’ about love… the love of the natural world. I grew up in a cornfield in Culpeper County, VA. ( but I guess I already bent your ear on that one) There is alot to take in on your site, so I want to check it out w/ the time it deserves. This is my first impression. I havent checked out the music yet… I’ve heard so much in my lifetime, so it is hard for me to get around to it. Impressive.

  6. Hi – I love your images and also what you have to say. It’s really, really true although I’m writing to ask permission to use one of your images with the article I’ve posted on the website listed above. It’s a website that doesn’t allow the use html. It does have its limitations since I’d have to give credit in a different manner than the one you’ve suggested. I could use your name to put in a link to any page you want and, I think, put in a sentence or maybe two about you if you wished. The artwork that I’d like to use is accessed at:

    http://nouveaufauves.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/kilroy-was-here/

    I believe that the image ‘Kilroy Was Here” is spectacular, beautiful and colourful and would illustrate the article wonderfully. I’m a little knew at this and am at the beginning of the learning curve so forgive me if this request seems somewhat forward.

    Please feel free to use all or part of this letter. I wasn’t sure whether I should post this request. Thanks Spencer

  7. Sandra has been a great mentor to me and my quest to move ahead in the field of art. I wiil forever be indebted to her for all the help and inspiration. She is a hard worker and ready to come to my aid whenever I need it. As for her work in the field of art you can tell she has had alot of experience in creating art that is comparable to any I have seen in museums.Her concepts really appeal to the viewer art large. Beautiful design and composition seem to dominate her presentation in just about all the work she has completed. I hope she will continue to produce more work of the same caliber.

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